Why I stopped compromising with Windows Phone 8 and moved to Android

UPDATE #1: I have recently switched AGAIN read my post on The hybrid device approach: iPad Mini iOS & Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone 8
UPDATE #2: In Oct 2013 I decided to no longer comprimise with Android or Windows Phone and go back to iOS read my post on Back to iPhone 5S from adventures in Android and Windows Phone 8 after 2 years

Got your attention did it…yes I am a Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP and work with Microsoft technology day in day out, but that doesn’t mean I have to stick to Microsoft for everything. I have used Windows OS machines since switching from Mac OS, due to helping run my fathers graphic design studio, when I left college to do a degree in Computer Science at University in London that required it. I pushed myself to use Windows Mobile in its “glory days” and had devices such as the ATOM, HTC Tytn II and various other devices. The apps never were any good, music integration was awful and the hardware always was enormous and clunky. I switched to an iPhone 3GS after pre-ordering a iPod Touch when they first came out and loving the OS. I then switched back to Windows Phone when I arrived in New York 2 years ago…hoping for the OS to be there….here is why I am yet again switching off Windows Mobile OS to try Google’s Android Mobile OS for the first time. Why not back to iOS? Nothing has changed on that OS since I stopped using it 2 yars ago and Google Glass is coming…

What I didn’t like

APPS

Windows Phone 8 has plenty of apps now but I must admit after spending only 2 hours with my Android device, I’m finding the quality, features and speed of the apps is so much better on the Android.

The Good

  • SharePoint Newsfeed – this is probably one of the nicest built social apps I’ve used on WP8 so good work to the team on that!
  • Twitter – since the update recently this app is FLYING and feels much like iOS version of the app rather than WP8 feel
  • MyTrips – the only way to consume TripIt information thanks to a ex-Microsofty and good mate Chris Johhson…AWESOME APP!
  • Weather Channel
  • WhatsApp
  • ESPN – sports alerts are a start for my NHL needs

The Bad

  • Spotify – it’s there finally on WP8…but try fast forwarding a song or skipping to a certain part of the song…you can’t do it. Again shows the lack of features in WP8 version as an example.
  • Facebook – one of the slowest apps on the device…whoever fixed the twitter app needs to get to this one ASAP
  • Foursquare – this app was originally dead slow…had some tweaks but still no where near as good as 4th & Mayor, which still isn’t as good as other OS’s
  • OneNote – was good for text entry but wish I could have drawn on my screen like I can with Note 2 in S-Notes etc.
  • LinkedIn – a lot of features missing from other OS’s

The Ugly

  • Skype – I never did get background skype working well
  • Xbox Music – I’m hearing a lot of people giving up on Xbox Music not just in WP8 but also in Windows 8 due to things like Playlists not syncing across and the metro interface simply not being usable.
  • WordPress – good start but again more of a “me too” than a functional app
  • Yammer – this app is so slow it’s not even funny compared to other OS’s
  • Yelp – a major amount of features missing in this

Missing APPS

In general there are quite a few apps missing, I got sick of seeing TV ads and NYC subway ads about “Available now on Apple and Android devices” with no mention of Windows Phone…in some cases already companies are hedging bets on Blackberry over Windows Phone which seems a little bold. Just a small sample of those that I was looking for:

  • Feedly – especially now Google Reader is going away!
  • FlipBoard – AWESOME app!
  • FitBit – for syncing my FitBit One
  • GTalk
  • GrubHub – for ordering take out
  • Instagram – pictures…still don’t understand why that isn’t there!!!
  • NHL Live Center – all my hockey needs
  • Optimum – my cable company allows me to watch TV on the go and schedule my DVR…no sign of Windows Phone 8 app…
  • Pinterest – major trending and have interesting on how its being used
  • Pulse – love this newsreader
  • SnapChat – yep it’s the new trend
  • SmugMug – an official one as the one in the store is very poor
  • GAMES GAMES GAMES – I have a PlayStation Vita so not my bag…but I hear this a lot.

Windows Phone 8 sync story

Well with Windows 8 the sync story has got a little better around backing up devices etc. but it’s not as good as what iOS used to provide me. If you get a new device that is different hardware you are essentially screwed and can’t restore. I’ve been through a Lumia 900 and a 920 and had to start over…Exchange Sync only gets you so far.

Notification system

After using the Android notifications page for a week now, I’m not sure I could go back to WP8 where notifications just don’t work in the same manner and hard to keep track of. I love being able to see in one screen email notifications, twitter updates, facebook updates, sms messages, etc. and click to jump into context or swipe to remove.

Peak Mode

A feature from my Windows Mobile days of collecting email in certain time frames….just found out this is in Android out of box.

Toggle Off

I love the ability to turn off wifi, switch on airplane model or battery saving without having to jump into settings then all the options…things are just at a better reach in Android.

Group SMS

That feature never seemed to work well for me, often got confusing unthreaded sms’s from people.

Office Hub

I do like the concept of the Office Hub, but to be honest I never used it as if I want to read a Word doc or PowerPoint I’m going to do it on a device I can actually see it in Winking smile

What I did like

Tiles

I love the tile notifications but the reality is most of the apps I’d like it to work for such as Facebook, Twitter STILL don’t work properly and both iOS and Android have notifications on number of unread emails already anyway and you can get “Widgets” for Calendaring for Android and other apps that support them.

Me

I’m heavy into social so I did like the me tile that integrates into Facebook, Twitter etc. But I must admit that I do prefer the apps that are there for Android in terms of speed etc.

Microsoft ID

I love the way that when I log into the phone with my Microsoft ID it shows me similar things to what I get when I log into Windows 8. Now I know Microsoft Blue project is taking this even further which is definitely a step in the right direction. Although I’ve noticed already that Google does tie into a lot of their apps and roams across devices much the same with things like Google Drive etc.

Hardware

Hats off to Nokia for their Lumia builds, but I’m loving the Samsung Note 2 and accessories that are available compared ot WP8 phones

 

Wrap Up

I must admit, after a week with Android and the Note 2 device itself…I’m extremely happy and not sure I could go back unless they deliver on my concerns above. The Windows 8 + Xbox + WP8 story is compelling but it’s not enough to keep me there. This isn’t the first attempt Microsoft have had at phones…I guess I was expecting too much from them.

I also noticed that a few other high profile SharePoint community members have also switched back to iOS in the community such as Joel Oleson early this week….would love to hear what they have to say.

30 thoughts on “Why I stopped compromising with Windows Phone 8 and moved to Android”

  1. Hi Mate,

    I’ve currently moved from iOS to WP8. :D Why? So I liked the IPhone 4s very much, I was using it for a year now. But within this year I saw Apple’s quality decreasing. A few weeks ago I wasn’t able to pick up calls with my IPhone caused due a iOS update. Another example was the Maps “Thing” … Okay Anroid could be a solution but not for me. I’m using my Phone as a consumer and in my eyes Android seems to be fragile at some point. I see a lot of guys complaining about entire device performance when you’ve a lot of Apps on your phone. Another reason why I’ve not switched to Android are APPS :D Of course there are tons of good apps, but because there are so many different devices using android you can’t be aware that Apps you like look pretty in the resolution your phone is offering.
    But back to WP8, I’m using my Lumia 820 since a week and until now I don’t miss anything. According to Yammer and Facebook are you right, these Apps are really slow… But I guess it’s a matter of time. Nokia is doing a great job with spreading cool new devices which is the root cause why more and more people are moving to WP.
    Give me a few months and I will post my summary about WP8 :D

    See ya

  2. Hey Jeremy!

    Will be interesting to see what you make of Android after a few months. I was tempted to try Windows 7 mobile, but the big problem for me was (like you’ve mentioned) a big gap in available apps and the lack of native screen capture. I blog (read: complain) a lot about experiences on mobile and web and I screen cap stuff all the time. I realise it’s available in Windows 8 now, so when I next upgrade maybe I’ll try it…

    I’ve currently got a Sony Android which I far prefer over Samsung — it has far less extra features thrown on top of the default Android. But even compared to the Nexus 7 tablet I’ve got, it still has a lot of extra rubbish I don’t need… I wish vendors would stop putting third party stuff on top of Android. Once you’ve used the regular Android it really is impressive and you get a much better feel for what Android is really meant to be.

  3. Hmm, I wish there was a way to respond to both your remarks and Joel’s as well since you linked to him too, but I guess I can cut/paste. So, I switched from iPhone to WP7 over a year ago, and just recently [3 months] switched to the WP8 on the HTC 8x device. I LOVE IT. Now lets dissect your points above. So, you got me on the Missing Apps, but that, no matter the argument can always be reduced to a single point: Adoption of WP in the Market, and it will be solved with time & strategy by MS. I wont repeat Thorsten’s points but I agree with his position as well, but Ill say that the Live Tile is the biggest game changer on WP devices, and if you customize the display you hardly ever need to leave the main screen to consume information. As far as performance, I don’t think you can just blanketly say its poor, because there are so many factors that affect that, in Joels response, he admitted that he has over 3000+ contacts that the OS is trying to sync via information in apps and surface in the Live Tiles, ofcourse that is going to be an issue, but irrespective of that if you have rouge apps or poorly written apps or apps that are hogs for performance, then yes you will feel that pain. I think I will wait till is see you in London and ask you then after you have used it for a little longer and hopefully put more apps on there, if you feel the same way… Rubbish Jeremy, Rubbish :-) take care Bro!

  4. I agree MS needs to know that even those who would LOVE to be using WP8 have a hard time using it because of productivity challenges.

    I’m using iOS and don’t want to. I’d be using android if this was 2 months from now. GS4 and HTC One seem to push the envelope. MS needs to not catch up, but innovate or go home!

  5. I’d be interested to see how your Android works after a few months. I went through 2 Androids in less than 2 years, and barely limped along until my contract was up and then I got an iPhone 5, which I absolutley love! I’ve had no issues with it so far (knock on wood!). Both my Androids died a slow death in just a few months’ time. They started out as weird problems with slowness and display issues that continually got worse and worse until they just no longer would power on anymore. Never been more frustrated with any phones I’ve ever owned. Now they could have been lemons, but the fact that two Android phones died in less than two years is a little strange. Anyway, I’ve never owned a Windows Phone but I do have a Surface RT and I totally agree with you on lack of apps! They NEED to make a Win8 Feedly app asap! And ditto on the Facebook app being incredibly slow. I don’t think I could switch all my devices to Microsoft until they get better apps.

  6. Hey Jeremy – very interesting. I’m actually moving from Android to Windows 8 today.

    In fairness I have an older Android (Samsung Charge), but it has really soured me on the platform. The two most critical issues I have with it is the absolutely
    1) the deplorable battery life and
    2) if someone sends me a calendar invite (Exchange) there is literally no way for me to see when the meeting is! I have to accept the meeting and then go hunt for it.
    I’m not much of an apps guy so don’t think those issues will apply much to me.

    Anyways, I’ll let you know how I like the new Windows phone (HTC 8X). Literally setting it up right now :)

    Good post :)

  7. I’m feeling very similar to how you felt. I have an older Lumia 710 that’s still on WP7.8. I’ve wanted to upgrade to a new Lumia 920, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I love Nokia’s phones, the WP apps that they’ve produced and the camera on the 920, but I don’t want to sign a contract or pay $600+ for a Windows Phone right now. The platform just hasn’t really grown at all in my entire time owning the phone. I too am jealous of apps that only appear on iOS and Android and I’m tempted to move over to Android. I’ll probably stick with WP7.8 for another few months and then make a decision.
    I already use Android on my tablet and I really like it, so I think I’d like it even better on a phone. We’ll see.

  8. I have been using WP since December 2011 (first device was HTC Titan) Since then I have been using Nokia 820 and now Nokia 920. As you may know the Nokia 920 suffers from alot of problems, and this is really annoying (but not a WP-problem). I love WP, but I am in limbo now. The points above on the apps is BIG part of the challenge. Why be satisfied with less? The look, speed and feel of WP is fantastic, but small things like scrobbling streamed track (wimp and spotify) is not fixed yet as WP does not count streamed tracks. People expect that these small things just works these days. Alot of these small things makes my wonder to buy an Android device. IOS is boring, so that is out of the question. If alot of the small things does not work BECAUSE it is WP, I don`t bother, really

  9. Interesting article J-bomb. I have to say that you have some good points… But… There are things about the Nokia Lumia 920 that are keeping me on it.

    1. The battery life is second to none. I am a heavy user and it stays on for at least 12 hours. I will say that its slow to charge, but once its charged, it goes forever.
    2. The camera: pics are important to me and this camera makes every other camera look very average. I have done many comparisons to iPhone and Android and others… There really is no comparison.
    3. User interface – I really like it… To be honest, I’m so sick of the iPhone… Its just boring… I needed a change.
    4. Typing: the way the WP8 enables you to select different words while you are typing is very very good…
    5. Screen: Its crystal clear and incredibly durable… I need a phone that won’t shatter when you drop it.
    5. Nokia Drive : very very cool! Its accurate and easy to use. The voice commands are very clear, and the navigator speaks like a real person : iPhone and Android and others – the navigator speaks in one long sentence with no breaks in between words, and often I cannot understand a word… Also sounds like a robot speaking. Nokia have done a great Job.

    I will say, apps are lacking, but in time, that will change.

    Nokia Lumia is big, but heck… You are carrying a brick… And I have heard Android users rave after the first week, like you, but eventually they become frustrated. Either way – enjoy the note2. Let us know how you go.

  10. Lots of interesting comments and views on the various platforms, both good and bad. There’s a couple of things i’d like to point out:

    UI – iOS and MS govern what their UI’s look like. Android does not, so you end up with Sony, HTC and Samsung optimizing the experience with their own interpretations of what will work. This is great for Android fans as they are not limited. There are a ton of other UI’s called launchers that can be applied as well. I do however believe that Metro definitely is good, but the mechanics surrounding notifications and speed play a part in its let down.

    SPEED – At the rate new Android devices are launched, both iPhone and WP handsets are left in the dust, just look at the Galaxy S4, it has an OctaCore in certain models. I have the Note II and its the fastest thing i have touched in forever. It runs a slightly overclocked CPU to that of the S3 but there is a visible improvement in response times. I hate waiting for an App to launch, and this is prevalent with both iOS and WP devices.

    Customization – This is where Android runs rings around the rest of the platforms. You can slice/dice/cook/build your own ROM, download prebuilt ROMS from a plethora of site, XDA being the best of the lot. There are even supported ROM’s like MIUI and CyanogenMod. Need i say more. My Note II is the first device that i haven’t run a custom ROM on, probably cos i’ve had it for less than a month. Now i’m not saying you need custom ROM’s, gone are the days of Froyo, GingerBread where you were always trying to squeeze more power and less bloating out of the device. With JellyBean, i’ve even been able to resurrect my old Galaxy Tab 7″ into performing smoothly.

    Handsets – Samsung is definitely ahead of the curve here. How they manage to diversify with soo many is rather alarming, but it seems to work for them. LG has upped its game with the range of Optimus devices and Sony with its waterproof Xperia Z just to take it to Samsung but their reliability is not as good.

    APPS – long gone are the days if iOS having the most mature apps around. Android has come a far way here and with JellyBean, the apps have improved remarkably. Less crashes, faster releases of updates, better support, etc. Having said that, there are still a ton of bad apps in the Play Store but the quintessential 100 apps are there, which WP lacks in droves.

    Battery Life – Arguably the biggest issue everyone faces. Every Android device i’ve owned has given me at least 12 hours of use and that’s with sync/background notifications enabled. I do know of certain handsets running Android like the Nexus that has had issues after upgrading to JellyBean, but that is not limited to only Android. WP and iOS has had similar issues with updates.

    In conclusion, it boils down to what you want from a phone. My Note II gives me what i want, the freedom to customize and or change should i not like whats on it.
    AND its not as big as you think.

  11. Funny… I switched this week as well, but back to iOS & iPhone5. Biggest things I miss: (1) effectively linked contacts… if I want to text you, find you as a friend on Facebook or if you’re in my contacts like WP does… a feature you don’t appreciate nearly as much until you don’t have it (2) live tiles, (3) not having to unlock the phone to see if I have new mail/text/etc, (4) “new” numbers on apps reflect what’s unread… not what’s new since you last looked like on WP… I leave tons of stuff unread in my inbox… now damn red numbers (5) Me tile.

  12. Great post and great comments. I’m in the market for a new phone. My old phone (HP Pre 3 / webOS) died a few months ago, and I haven’t been really excited about any particular phone or platform. I went back to Windows mobile 6.1, non touch screen phone until I decide what to get.

    I don’t care too much about apps or watching movies, or staying super-connected on social networks on my phone. What I need are:
    1. Great maps / GPS
    2. Great email / messaging
    3. Strong consolidation / separation of data (contacts, calendars, tasks, emails) across many accounts (Exchange, Hotmail, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Skype mostly). I don’t need to message on the social networks from my phone so much as I need consolidated access to the contact info on the networks.
    4. As good a camera as I can find

    If I had to choose a phone right now, I’d probably get the Lumia 920. I’d appreciate any advice.

    1. Eugene,

      Based on what you list as needs, the Nokia Lumia 920 will serve you well.

      1. Here Drive / City Lens / Maps work very well. I use them all the time!

      2. The ability to link personal email accounts and place them as a tile really helps reduce the number of places you must go to check your email. I’ve not found a major email provider that is not supported.

      3. The only thing I see on this list that might be lacking would be support for tasks. If the phone is synched with Exchange, it will reflect any tasks there but there is no built in support for “tasks” that are independent of Exchange. You can create groups of people and pin the group to your start screen allowing you to quickly access and contact those people. For example, I have a group for my co-workers that I frequently work with and I have a group of friends. The information from those two groups are consolidated to group and accessible quickly from the start screen.

      4. The Lumia 920 has an excellent camera. It works very well in low light situations and also adapts to outdoor photos pretty easily.

      Hope this helps your decision!

      1. Thanks, Chris! That is the answer I was expecting. So i guess my plan is to try and wait to see what the Lumia 1000 looks like if I can, but if I end up needing to get a phone right away, it’ll be the 920.

      2. Well, I’m the proud owner of a red Lumia 920. So far it’s what I expected. Battery life is a bit better than I hoped for. Happy to say that lack of apps has not hurt….yet. The email client in WP8 is great. Love the threaded conversation view and the linked email accounts. Skype has been getting updates pretty regularly, and incoming calls work pretty well. I was even able to do regular video calls with my mom so she can see the kids in their native environments. The various Nokia navigation and location apps are also being updated regularly and unified. City Lens for example is now integrated into Here Maps.

  13. I agree its frustrating that there aren’t enough apps for WP8, but I’m taking a different viewpoint –
    I’m not interested in giving up my privacy by giving all my online life to Google. I’m not saying that MS aren’t going to use my data, but lets face it, that IS Google’s coew business, I really don’t trust them not to mine absolutely everything I might give them, whether they admit it or not.
    I’m also not interested in getting sucked into the prison that is the Apple ecosystem. Apple are very good at what they do, which is to get their consumers to shell out money year after year for an upgrade to the same device. Apple stopped innovating a long time ago, their products, do work and work very well (lets not talk about Apple maps), but for the most part they look the same as they did for the last few years, just with much better resolution.
    I recently bought an expensive car, and only found out after I signed that the app that connects to the car isn’t supported on WP8. After sending in a couple of complaints / requests for WP8 support, I decided that this will be the last car I will ever buy from this company- they DONT get to make my decisions.
    I’m sorry, but Spotify, FourSquare, Instagram – I can live without them or find alternatives. Its MY choice, not theirs. And at the end of the day, why are they writing off WP8, no matter that it’s more innovative than the iPhone or Android? Because there are high profile people who you would expect to support the platform who write it off and jump ship because those same companies tell them to!

    1. That last sentence really wasn’t clear, and didn’t express my feeling properly …

      Because there are high profile people who you would expect to support the platform who write it off and jump ship very publically (“Hey everybody, look how independent I am, I just criticized MS”). How about instead of whining about the platform, you work to get the 3rd party companies, who listen to you, to improve it.
      Yes, I do get fed up with MVPs sniping at MS, and I don’t believe MS should ever censure them, after all MS doesn’t pay them. But do you HAVE to do it so loudly and in public?

  14. I’ve never had a Windows phone device and may not ever. I expect WP may well go the way the other Microsoft attempts have gone. Low market share kills it, and that’s the marketplace speaking based on usefullness and value.

    I’m an iPhone guy and have been since 2008, I think. I’m on my third one iPhone 5 this time), and I’m generally very happy with them. One thing that I notice about iPhone owners: we tend to talk about the new cool app or OS update. There is nowhere bear as much bitching as I hear from WP owners, who seem to always be talking about what might be or what doesn’t work.

    The funniest thing to me about this whole discussion is that everyone uses the word “phone” a lot but almost no one cares about making calls. The “phone” companies need to realize that we don’t really make calls anymore and adjust their marketing and pricing models to reflect it.

    M.

    1. Normally I’d agree with you, Marc: Microsoft has a very spotty record when it comes to follow-through on new initiatives, especially for ones in the consumer space. But in the case of Windows Phone, I’m cautiously optimistic that the platform is here to stay. The way I look at it, the WP 8 is a V2 platform, WP 7 being V1 of the WP platform (you can’t count Windows Mobile since that was completely different). MS’s V1 products are just barely there. V2 is usable. V3 tend to be pretty compelling. So I could see myself using WP 8 and being satisfied that it is enough, but I’m not expecting to be wowed away until WP 9 comes out.

  15. I personally love the live tiles, ability to support Office/SharePoint, and the social hub and planned to be on the platform for the long haul, but my interest is starting to wane.

    I was on the Android platform for a few years before jumping to windows, but I had a lot of trouble with inconsistency with apps then. I had a lot of trouble with the concept of the fragmented platform and how each device was likely at a different patch level, which really wreaked havoc at the time when it came to app stability. After having the original Samsung Galexy S and learning that it wouldn’t accept patches, I jumped to windows phone where I thought there was a rule that all devices had to support updates. Funny thing is that I just recently found out that my Nokia 710 will never support the 7.8 update so I would have to buy another device without an upgrade credit.

    I may end up back on Android after all.

  16. I think your spot on. I think it’s all about the apps and it’s my main reason I’m still on Android after spending a couple years on windows phone. Microsoft needs to reach into it’s coffers and just flat out pay the big names to write Windows apps. Dishing out a few hundred dollars to pollute the app store with more junk apps isn’t the solution. I truly think that Microsoft has a winning mobile user interface and I prefer it over Android and iPhone (I’m an iPad owner) but the without the depth of solid apps you realize it’s just a thin layer of ice over a deep lake which starts to crack after heavy use.

    Btw how do you like the Note 2? I’ve been thinking about it as my Galaxy S2 SkyRocket is close to retirement and the larger size of the Note 2 intrigues me.

  17. My first “smart” phone was a Windows Phone 7. I was very pleased with the device, but had very little to compare it with as my wife also went with a Windows Phone 7. However, when our contract was up for renewal my wife opted to go with a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I opted for the Nokia Lumia 920. Her reasons for abandoning WP7? Apps — like you, Jeremy, she would see TV spots, billboards around Dallas/Fort Worth that advertised an app for Apple and Android. She is now decidedly an Android fan and most likely will not go back to a Windows Phone, no matter how much it might improve.

    When I think of a smart phone, my requirements are pretty simple:

    – Sync email
    – Place phone calls
    – Browse the web
    – Find my way around town
    – Listen to music and podcasts

    I’m not an app person — just meet my simply requirements and I’m happy. Sure, I love exploring apps (I am a developer, after all), but as long as I can perform my core actions I’m content. This is also where WP8 is failing me.

    Microsoft’s decision to kill the Zune client has me stumped. Why go back to reinvent then wheel for a product that works really well? Music remained synched, I could subscribe to any podcast I desired (even subscription based podcasts) and I was able to set up wireless sync where I didn’t even have to plug the phone into my computer’s USB port to keep everything in sync. Additionally, my photos were automatically backed up to my computer AND synched with SkyDrive.

    The new XBox music service is complete junk. Over-the-air podcasts do not work reliably, often forcing me to manually download the episodes I want to hear. Often, I find the podcast I’m wanting to subscribe doesn’t exist in the XBox store or generates some strange error when attempting to subscribe. There is no easy way to add podcasts that are not in the XBox store and I haven’t found a good app to replace the functionality (so maybe I’m more of an app person than I think I am… hmm).

    My basic requirements are mostly met, but since one of my top five requirements has not been met, I will probably look to an Android device on renewal in 20 months. (but who’s counting?)

    So that I don’t leave this on a negative note, here are some other bells and whistles on my Nokia Lumia that I love:

    – A really good camera that is quickly accessible (I rarely miss photo ops)
    – Here Maps/Drive/City Lens
    – Live tiles
    – Groups (pinned to the start screen helps me see what my friends and co-workers are doing)
    – Ability to pin almost ANYTHING to the start screen
    – SkyDrive integration
    – OneNote synched with Skydrive that is synched to my desktop, my Surface RT and accessible via the web.

  18. I’ve read a lot of articles comparing Windows8 to Android, most of thee articles are in favor of Android. It’s good that you have also pointed out the positive things about Windows8 in this article.

  19. Hi everyone…I have used all the platforms and am a total Phone junkie..lol I used to switch every few months…and have everything setup where much of the important stuff transfers no matter what platform like contacts…lol. First off I understand apps are important selling point of any phone…but honestly most of them or uselessly not need to make the phone perform better. Out of the 3200 apps I have owned/downloaded maybe 50 were for better productivity.

    TO do any comparisons of any phones t=it has to be done out of the box. and honestly..until recently with Android which they hit a home run with HTC one…WP8 and above will be the iphone killer.

    Even with the iphone 5 and 5s..apple knows all too well is all they have to do is tweak a corner to be more rounded…or simply change the Ui a bit…and iphone users go nuts…Look how long it took apple to catch up to voice dialing. That was done when in the iphone 4s?…Not sure the appl faithful could correct that if I am wrong. They still are behind not as much as Blackberry though.

    Android….they need huge processors and quad core processors to run their OS…they havent learned to tune it yet…well maybe recently they have finally…so here comes the 2800 MaH batteries to make the average user think they do great on battery on life.

    Blackberry….well they copied off of Palm and you see so much of the Palm fingerprint in their phones….and they still cant catch up with everyone…OS10…is a fancy kick off of the Palms 2.3 with swipe up etc Web OS with different graphics and few Blackberry signatures

    WP is designed so that even a single core 1mghz processor will operate it very…very smoothly. Everyone else just caught up to the smoothness of scrolling finally and hard to tell the difference. They dont have to use the huge batteries yet in their phones either….however Hand it to Nokia to step up WP…they couldnt have picked a better partner as HTC failed them miserably with their designs and lack of sizes in their .phones

  20. Jeremy,
    A little late but my thoughts. I recently moved from Android to WP8 on a Nokia 928. The choice was made when my girl was looking for a new phone moving from an older Android. She looked at iPhone and the Note 2 (which she loved) then at the Windows phone. She was won over by the easy interface and the focus around social. (people integrates all feeds from Google+, Facebook, Google, and Linkedin). With that i even got my 80+ year old mother to get a smartphone. While i was setting them up, i realized how much i loved it and dumped my S4 for the Nokia 928.

    While i do see some lacking features, i can only hope that things will smooth out as adoption grows. (which by the way the local Verizon store says is happening. they cant keep the Nokia’s in stock.)

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